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Number 326, July 3, 2005

"Hands Off My Home!"

Hands Off My Home

Institute for Justice
$3 Million National Campaign Tells Lawmakers:
"Hands Off My Home"

Campaign Seeks to Protect
Homeowners & Small Businesses After
U.S. Supreme Court Eminent Domain Ruling


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Letters to the Editor
from Logan Darrow Clements, the Editor, Derek Benner, Adam J. Bernay, Ali Hassan Massoud, and Terry Lyon-McCarthy

News Dispatch from the Future
by Francis A Ney, Jr.
Dateline: Freeport, Texas, June 27, 2007
Freeport Police, the Brazoria County Sheriff, and Texas Rangers are considering asking the FBI and Homeland Security for assistance after a grisly discovery in Freeport Municipal Park this morning. The bodies of twelve people, three of them women, were found hanged from tall overhanging branches and lamp posts in the early morning hours. All had expired. The exact cause of death is still under investigation.

The Tangled Web: Iraq and Post WWII American Foreign Policy
by Patrick K Martin
The war in Iraq is not about oil. The war in Iraq is not about WMD. The war in Iraq is not about terrorism. The war in Iraq is simply another chapter in the foreign policy which America has pursued since World War II.

Dear Libertarian Party
by Alan R. Weiss
Dear Libertarian Party, In your "Iraq Exit Strategy—America's Path Forward", you have wrenched the Libertarian Party away from real solutions towards a policy guaranteed to fail, and in doing so you have proven you have no real "libertarian" solutions to the foreign interventionist quagmires that the American governments over the past 50 years have buried the Ameican public in.

by Chris Claypoole
The events of the last few weeks have been an emotional whirlwind. Supreme Court rulings that are as mystifying in their origins (as in, "Where the heck did that reasoning come from?") as they are contradictory in their application. Pompous pronouncements from our "elected representatives" in Congress, especially in the Senate. An administration that seems divorced from reality. What are these people thinking? They were clever and shameless enough to claw their way to top positions; could they really be that unintelligent?

Computing The Future
by Charles Stone, Jr
It appears that the U.S. Supreme Court has come down with a ruling concerning online file-sharing and who is to have control and thus many billions of dollars. Don't you feel a swell of confidence in the fact that a decision on the highest of high-tech questions has been made by nine people who have no clue as to the reality of the Internet or indeed understand computers at all?

Gun Control Is Gun Violence
by Anthony Gregory
Gun violence is a horrendous problem in American culture. Guns are dangerous devices, and when put to criminal use in the wrong hands, they can disrupt urban tranquility and even destroy precious human life. It makes sense then that anyone who opposes gun violence must oppose gun control. Not just because it encourages violent crime, by stripping away the means to self-defense from law-abiding individuals to the benefit of armed criminals, but because gun control itself is a form of gun violence.

Not Applicable?
by Lady Liberty
Of all the horrible things that Nazi Germany showed the world, perhaps the saddest was summed up by the Reverend Martin Niemoller in 1945 when he wrote:

How To Remember 9/11 (Without Really Trying)
by Jonathan David Morris
I like a good 9/11 memorial. I guess that statement looks weirder in print than it sounded in my head. But I think you know what I'm getting at. Many towns in the New York City area—in fact, many towns across the country—have put up memorials over the last few years, either in honor of locals who lost their lives on 9/11 or simply in honor of 9/11 overall. I enjoy these memorials, inasmuch as you can possibly "enjoy" such a thing. To this day, I can read the placard of a 9/11 victim, see a single word like "mother" or "father," and start to get choked up.

Common Sense
by Ron Beatty
Looking over the political developments of the last few weeks, it has occured to me how incredibly stupid our politicians are being. I'm not going to belabor the point, but I am going to go over several items, then ask a question.

"Which Side is the Con On?"
by Robert R. Raymond
So began the soon-to-be-famous script of the closing argument of Attorney Jeffrey Alan Dickstein of the Bernhoft Law Firm, on behalf of the "most public and known member of the illegal tax protest movement," according to the IRS—one whistleblower named Joseph Banister. Bookmarking his closing argument with the petition of Sir Benjamin Franklin of Philadelphia to King George of England and signed by a few other "notorious tax protestors," and closing with the poem of the German priest who noted there were none left to defend him when he had failed to defend his fellow citizens from the Nazi regime, Dickstein threaded his closing with one resounding theme—which side is the con on?

Congress Should Kill Discriminatory Domestic Violence Act
by Wendy McElroy
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) will expire this September if it is not reauthorized by Congress. Largely viewed as an anti-domestic violence measure, VAWA has become a flashpoint for the men's rights advocates who see it instead as the living symbol of anti-male bias in law.

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